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Wales Walking Football seek revenge against the old enemy England.
On March 3rd Wales will take to the pitch at St George’s Park looking for revenge for the defeats they suffered at English hands in 2018.
Over the weekend 16th/17th February, Wales Walking Football National Teams (both over 50’s & 60’s), completed their final training preparations for the forthcoming international match against England.
These prestigious matches, being played at St George’s Park on March 3rd within the Sir Alf Ramsey indoor stadium, are the return matches for the games played between the two teams last September at Jenner Park, Barry where England were victorious at both 50+ and 60+ level.
These games are part of the build-up towards the inaugural Walking Football European Nations Cup taking place in June at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, featuring 160 players representing eight different counties, involving both over 50’s and 60’s age groups.
Walking Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with over 40,000 registered players playing for their respective clubs throughout United Kingdom and with over a 1000 clubs competing in various sessions, leagues and tournaments. February also saw the first matchday for the new Welsh Walking Football Premier League which brought in teams from all over Wales played at Merthyr Town Football Club met coaches COMMUNITY STADIUM on February 9th and it proved to be a very successful and competitive event . Teams will now take to the field every 8 weeks or so in a continuing league format, all looking to be crowned Welsh Champions by the end of the year.
John Rowlands, captain of the Welsh 60+ squad said, “Every organisation needs a strong structure to survive and thankfully we have this within Wales Walking Football from our team of hard working volunteers. On the football front, we have 2 Team Managers, Martin Pritchard for the 50+ and Martin Ransom for the 60+ age groups. These are supported by Head Coach Ashleigh Hopkins, Premier League Club Coach, Craig Evans and Lee Breeze. Most importantly we also possess a very hard working committee, chaired by Hedley Austin. Despite this strong core we are still looking for people to help our organisation, particularly within the areas of fundraising and media relations. We recently started our own crowd funding to try to help the teams prepare for growing number of international competitions.”
Contrary to the perception that some may have, Walking Football is an extremely skilful and competitive sport. The standards of playing at the highest levels are growing quickly as former semi-pros and professional footballers are finding their way into the game and indeed, one of the main ambassadors of the sport and an England 60+ squad player, is Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy. Despite this growth at the higher skill level, the strength of the sport remains with the local club aspect of bringing together players over 50 years old, providing improvements in fitness as well as general health and in an environment that fosters high levels of camaraderie. This is reflected in the sport’s motto of ‘Rethink Retirement’.
Everyone involved in Walking Football is working to achieve recognition for the sport and to be acknowledged and supported by the Football Associations throughout the country. No matter where you live in Wales or the UK, there should be a walking football club near you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
John Rowlands, Captain Wales 60+ squad
Hedley Austin, Chairman Wales Walking Football
Martin Ransom, Wales Walking Football Premier League Vice Chairman and Fixture Manager
Fund Raising for Wales Walking Football:
Walking Football Association: https://thewfa.co.uk/
Wales Walking Football Premier League: https://waleswfpremier.leaguerepublic.com